Hearing loss

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What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be classified as conductive, sensorineural, or both (mixed loss). Nearly 10% of people in the US have some degree of hearing loss. Some hearing losses are congenital (present at birth) and others are acquired disorders.

Common symptoms reported by people with hearing loss

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hearing loss

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
8
Tried for
hearing loss (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)

Data from patients with hearing loss, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hearing loss

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for hearing loss (5 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in ear sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis) 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
hearing loss (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling of extremities
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
crying easily dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
hallucinations
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
slowed reaction time slowed thinking
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hearing loss, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hearing loss on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 61
30s 122
40s 180
50s 231
60s 208
70+ 103
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 163
20-29 years 58
30-39 years 76
40-49 years 81
50-59 years 53
60-69 years 20
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 295
Female 640

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Conductive hearing loss 21
Mixed hearing loss 21
Sensorineural hearing loss 161
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 587
Not Diagnosed 58

These charts show data from hearing loss patients who have completed their condition history
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